Letter from Walton Ricketson to A.H. Dooley
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Studio Building No. 42 Boston Mass Oct. 23rd 1879 My dear Sir In looking over some letters to day I found a postal from you (sent May last) making inquiries about my Thoreau - Since answering your favor I have finished a medallion portrait life size of the Poet Naturalist of Concord which has met with the approval of the Concord Philosophers. Mr. R. W. Emerson doing me the honor of purchasing the first copy. Mr F. B. Sanborn has another copy and I am to send one to a lady in Indianapolis in your state. The press has been very complimentary in noticing the portrait and say it is the best that has been made of him. The copies are in fine plaster finished in such a manner as to be washable, and are $25.00 with velvet frame or $20.00 without frame. I also have some very fine photographs of the same by H. G. Smith of Boston for $1.00 each. To those who knew Thoreau and had the privilege of listening to his rare conversation and feeling the influence of his philosophy, it is very gratifying to find him read and appreciated so widely; not only is he read at the West but of late his writings have found an appreciative circle of readers in England. By the way have you seen the little volume by Paye (the English writer) on Thoreau, I think you would be pleased with the frank honest scholarly manner in which he treats his subject. Please excuse me for being so lengthy in my talk, my only excuse is that the subject was for many years a dear and highly prized friend, whose memory awakens all that is true and noble in humanity; and whose influence on the coming generations is destined to be of great advantage. I am my dear Sir Very truly yours Walton Ricketson A. H. Dooley Esq BOSTON MASS OCT 24 A. H. Dooley Esq [crossed out]: Terre Haute, Indiana [new address] Quincey, Illinois QUINCY ILL OCT 28 [postmark on back of envelope] Picture of Thoreau Ricketson [written on envelope back]
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